Posts Tagged ‘dwelling’

Modern Modular Dwelling Straddles Rooftop

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

A modular dwelling which sits atop an eight-story building in downtown Hobart, Tasmania, Australia could be re-located in two years to a suburban area, a remote mountaintop or a beachfront. Created by Rosevear Architects and Tasmanian property developer Brett Torossi, each module is 10.5 feet wide X 22 feet long X 9.3 feet tall, and the units are connected by a continuous deck, as tells MHProNews. The creators goal is to produce a durable dwelling that can adapt to many situations at a reasonably low cost and still maintain good solar orientation.

(Photo credit:–modular dwelling on top of an eight-story building)

Siting, Appearance of Manufactured Homes Proposed

July 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Updating and adding to a story posted by MHProNews July 16 concerning restrictions on manufactured housing (MH) placement in Magnolia Ark., the Magnolia City Council will consider the second part of the ordinance, which deals with the particulars of each manufactured dwelling. All homes must have a perimeter foundation enclosure or skirting, shingle or metal roofs, and a built-in porch or a four foot by eight foot landing with steps and a handrail. Concrete, asphalt, or SB-2 or better gravel driveway of no less than a 20 foot width is required, plus off-street parking space for four vehicles. Unless a home is brand new and under warranty, it is subject to a thorough inspection inside and out, including the utility hook-ups, according to magnoliareporter. A manufactured housing community must be at least three acres in size, and each dwelling is to have a minimum of 200 square feet of recreational area, be no taller than 15 feet and sited at least 15 feet away from the nearest home.

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When is a Manufactured Home not a Dwelling?

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

The definition of a dwelling in the Sussex County Code in southern Delaware is, “A building or portion thereof containing cooking and housekeeping facilities, designed or used exclusively for residential occupancy…,” but it excludes hotels, motels, lodges, tourist courts as well as manufactured housing (MH). An editorial in capegazette.villagesoup asks why MH is not included, above all in light of an ongoing discussion of a recreational vehicle (RV) community proposed for Massey’s Lake. The code has attracted attention since attorneys for the development say residents of manufactured homes are not entitled to the same protection as other homeowners. Inconsistent in the code, ordinance 2512 refers to manufactured and modular homes as dwellings, MHProNews has been informed. The editorial states: “Everyone who lives full time in a residential structure deserves equal protection under county code no matter how the home was built.”

(Photo credit: Ron MacArthur/capegazette–Rehoboth Shores near Long Neck Del.)

Manufactured Home to be Replaced with Apartments

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

The planning commission in Juneau, Alaska has approved a conditional use permit to replace a manufactured home site with a twelve unit multifamily apartment building. Proposed by Delta Park LLC, the two-story structure will sit on a parcel of land zoned for 18 dwelling per acre. Building projects have increased in Juneau, MHProNews has learned from juneauempire, with residential permits issued 82 percent up over the same time last year, and commercial permit applications up 120 percent.

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Non-profits Team with United Nations to Produce Modular Shelters

July 2nd, 2013 1 comment

The Ikea Foundation, the Refugee Housing Unit (RHU) from Sweden and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have pooled resources to develop a modular dwelling to house refugees and other displaced persons. The 55 square-foot unit has a steel skeleton with lightweight but durable plastic panels for the ceiling and sides. Unlike tents often used in refugee camps which last about six months, this shelter is made to last up to three years. Like an Ikea product, it is functional, easy to transport and assemble and has a photovoltaic system for electricity and light. Currently priced at $10,000 each, the goal is to reduce the price substantially once the final design is mass produced, so informs MHProNews. A field test is presently being conducted with the Somali refugees in Ethiopia, allowing the UNHCR partner organizations to make adjustments on the design of the shelter. “Just as Ikea looks for innovative ways to create a better everyday home life for many people, the Ikea Foundation is looking for ways to create a better everyday life for poor families who have lost their homes and everything familiar to them,” said Per Heggenes, Ikea Foundation chief executive officer.

(Image credit:–Ikea modular for housing refugees)

New Modular Builder Arises from Down Under

June 25th, 2013 Comments off

A new modular transportable cabin has been developed in a range of five designs in Australia. Measuring 29 feet X 12.5 feet, the steel-framed Affordable Portable (AP for short) costs $61,000 and is comprised of two modules. The dwelling includes a fold-down and a loft bed, is fully wired and plumbed, and has an LP gas stove and a flushing toilet. MHProNews has been informed by that AP Cabins and Homes will have its grand opening July 6 in Kenilworth, Queensland, near the eastern coast of Australia.

(Photo credit: caboolturenews/AP Cabins and Homes)

West, Tex. Considers Modular Housing

June 11th, 2013 Comments off

The wacotrib informs MHProNews the city of West, Tex., that was hit with the April 17 fertilizer explosion, is exploring the feasibility of bringing modular units to house the residents displaced by the blast. Each structure would house two families, but would cost $10,000 to haul from Killeen, Tex., not including utility hook-ups. Each dwelling has three bedrooms and a bath, and would be owned by a private company as rentals. Residents could occupy them while their own homes are being rebuilt. Forty are immediately available, each requiring a quarter of an acre, steering the city to seek a ten acre plot where the homes can be sited. West would also have to provide infrastructure for the modular units, including utility lines and roads, both of which are major expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not help because of the abundance of hotel rooms in the area.

(Photo credit: KBS Systems–modular duplex)

Micro Housing for the Masses

May 30th, 2013 Comments off

The 1984 video game Tetris has seemingly inspired a Beijing modular, micro-house made of a series of easy-to-assemble, stackable units, as mothernaturenetwork informs MHProNews. Furniture surfaces and envelopes for storage are part of the fiber-reinforced blocks when assembled into a unit, which includes bedroom, bathroom and office modules, interlock-able and all of which fit into a shipping container. More cross-shaped modular rooms can be added. The minimal dwelling is aimed at making private housing available for the general population.A prototype is on display in a Beijing park.

Image and photo credit top and bottom: Liu Lubin-Designboom/mothernaturenetwork)




Texas Town Developing New Ordinance

May 30th, 2013 Comments off

As it is noted in the aransaspassprogress, the Ingleside on the Bay (IOB) City Council (Tex.) heard recommendations from a committee wanting to update the city’s MH/RV ordinance. They suggested no manufactured homes should be sited in the city, and RVs may visit an occupied dwelling for three days if self-contained and 14 days if connected to utilities. The visitor will have to register arrival and departure dates at City Hall and pay a $5 fee. No action was taken on the proposals. MHProNews has learned IOB is across the Corpus Christi Bay from Corpus Christi, Tex.

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Modular Dwelling will be Featured at Home Show

March 7th, 2013 Comments off

MyDesert reports from Palm Springs, Calif. the Desert Living Home Show is anticipating record crowds as the economy improves and home values rise, which will hopefully have homeowners thinking about home improvement. The event is expected to attract 5,000 attendees who will be eyeing barbecue islands, kitchen appliances, and cabinetry, and will feature a small modular home near the entrance, allegedly an eco-friendly dwelling. As MHProNews has been informed, some 130 vendors will be displaying their wares.

(Photo credit: Carver Construction/Seattle Times–Coast Cabins of Marysville, WA)